Four key trends for retailers to understand this season

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Ho ho ho! Retailers rejoice: ’tis the season to be merry. Those in retail know how critical seasonal sales are. But just how critical?

Retailers care a lot about the holidays for a reason – holiday months make up almost 20 percent of their total annual sales. Read the rest of this entry »

Reinvention in the Age of the Millennial

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#IBMillenial_avatarOn December 10, 2014, IBM and clients convened in New York City for “Reinvention in the Age of the Millennial,” a gathering of technology, media, and industry visionaries to discuss how to engage this soon-to-be trillion dollar market. According to Gartner, by 2025, up to 75 percent of the global workforce will be Millennials. And companies are racing to try to meet this demographic shift. Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings from the cloud – CIO Postcard #CloudBound Quote

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To:  Organizations that outsource, Greetings from the cloud from a CIO

As part of a #MondayMotivation series, we will be sharing one postcard quote per week from the IBM Cloud bound study.  These are actual quotes from the study respondents sharing advice for companies that outsource and are incorporating cloud into their IT mix.

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What Do Monty Python and Social Business Have in Common? [IBM Social Business post]

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Remember Monty Python and the Holy Grail? When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit and more. The Holy Grail is the ultimate end game, the highest pursuit … but there are obstacles along the way!  Those of you traveling the social business journey understand this pursuit.  There are many different paths that companies are currently taking to help them find their way in the social space. Read the rest of this entry »

Learning from your best through workforce science

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ibm smarter workforce avatar2In the high-stakes war for talent, traditional HR practices are no longer a tactical advantage, because traditional approaches lead to average results.  Fortunately, traditional HR practices are being transformed by technological advances and workforce science.  To move from traditional to smarter, we must apply scientific understanding to high-potential employees.

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[Infographic] Looking at the future of security leadership

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Insights from the 2014 CISO Assessment by the IBM Center for Applied Insights.

Landmarks for the future of security leadership
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CISO 2014, Fortifying for the future

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CISO_cloud_shieldSecurity Greetings: Gifts from the 2014 IBM CISO Assessment

While December ushers in festive moods and the spirit of giving, there are some things that companies don’t want to be on the receiving end for, namely a security breach. Luckily, the IBM Center for Applied Insights and IBM Security have gift-wrapped something much better: their annual CISO Assessment, with this year’s edition focusing on how security leaders can prepare for an uncertain future.   Read the rest of this entry »